WORKSHOPS & GALLERY
Due to COVID19 classes have sadly been put on hold, as has most live theatre! We will of course resume when ever possible. In the meantime on-line 1-2-1 sessions, prep for auditions, career advice and mentoring consultations can be arranged.
For more specific details about what's possible please CONTACT me.
ABOUT ART14 "When I started to teaching professional acting techniques years ago in Copenhagen, it became clear to me that my students weren't necessarily interested in becoming professional actors. They sensed that acting skills could give them more confidence in life i.e. life skills. In response to this I started developing games and improvisation challenges that would free them up from any creative inhibitions, enable them to live life in a more playful, imaginative and courageous way and bring the best out of each individual. After the Wall came down in 1989 I taught these same skills to people starved for imaginative play from the East Block and witnessed similar transformations. One of the first questions I ask my 'players' is 'What is acting all about?' Most people answer - 'It's pretending to be someone else.' I say, no, it's actually about being yourself, all parts of yourself, the whole of YOU. And that's where the fun begins! I now combine IMPRO and METHOD acting techniques with a whole range of crazy games that anyone, from any cultural background, age (18yrs+) or need can join in with. There are 14 different levels of development, hence the name ART14, which mysteriously means 'the marriage of the opposites'. My groups are small (6-9 players) so I can give each individual the attention they need. We sometimes organise surreal public performances to challenge the student's openness, creativity and daring. It's edgy - to say the least. I do also give career advice, if someone wants to enter the profession and I mentor players in auditions pieces for top drama schools. Acting skills encompass so much of what it is to be human and alive today. I'd be very happy to meet you!" Love Josephine
TESTIMONY FROM PETER OSWALD - then resident playwright of the GLOBE THEATRE, London.
"I would like to recommend Josephine Larsen as strongly as possible for the position of mentor. When in 2001 I approached her with the idea of starting a theatre company, she invited me to attend her acting course, Art 14, which I did. I was then able to observe and experience her way of nurturing people, some of them very much lacking in self-esteem. I was extremely impressed by her ability to be both protective and adventurous, to enable people to go as far as they wanted in creative terms, and then, without knowing it, or regretting it, perhaps even further. She was not above expelling a threatening person from the group. On the other hand, I don't think she ever refused to admit anyone on the grounds that they were too hopeless or repressed or depressed! I had myself on numerous occasions tried to become a performer, but it was Josephine who finally enabled me to do this, with great benefits to me personally and professionally. She is both encouraging and realistic, two things that can only be combined through the medium of imagination. It is the realm of Imagination that Josephine is especially gifted in being able to access. She has thoroughly absorbed the work of Keith Johnstone among others, and added her own experience of so many years of professional performance. She has a wonderful understanding of the imaginative side of literature and life, and is gifted herself as a writer and storyteller. She has developed her abilities through Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but also through her work with Heart's Tongue, the company that we, together with various Art 14 students, went on to found. Developing a semi-professional theatre company requires both boundless optimism and stark realism; difficult things, as I have said, to combine. However, Josephine has succeeded in doing this, to the extent that the company is thriving and developing five years on.
I am deeply aware that Josephine is driven by a belief in the transformational power of theatre, and not by narrow personal ambition. She is dedicated to seeking out and bringing to life the theatrical gifts latent in her community. She can find these gifts where few others can – in the depressed and the self-doubting, the wounded and the frustrated – and is able, with great warmth, humour, experience and discipline, to coax them out with the irresistible lure of the imagination."